Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

Senior Attorney (#20002245)

General Statement

Under general supervision, interprets and applies the law related to the functions of the District including drafting and reviewing all legal documents and prosecuting/defending the District in court and before various administrative bodies.

Essential Job Functions

Essential job functions are fundamental, core functions common to positions in a classification.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class.  Since class specifications are designed to be descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents may complete one or all of the job duties listed or tasks of similar kind not specifically listed here.

  • Prosecutes and defends cases in all state and federal courts, including appellate courts and represents the District before various administrative bodies, which may include: preparing pleadings, discovery and briefs; interviewing and deposing witnesses; reviewing and preparing evidence and witnesses; communicating with opposing counsel; negotiating settlements; and trial of cases.
  • Prepares legal documents such as bonds, leases, contracts, intergovernmental and settlement agreements, legislative measures, resolutions, and ordinances; reviews such legal documents as to form and legality.
  • Performs legal work involved in the acquisition and disposition of right-of-way and other interests in real property.
  • Assist in advising District officers and staff on various legal issues, interpretations of statutes and ordinances and appropriate procedures; prepares legal opinions.
  • Monitors compliance with District land use agreements.
  • Assists in formulating rules, procedures and policies.
  • Provides direction to paralegal and administrative staff including assigning and reviewing work.

Other Job Functions

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Environmental Conditions

Work is performed in a typical office environment and requires the use of standard office equipment including computers and peripheral equipment.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Thorough knowledge of the civil code of the State of Illinois.
  • Thorough knowledge of the rules of evidence.
  • Thorough knowledge of court procedures.
  • Considerable knowledge of the laws, ordinances, rules and precedents governing District activities.
  • Ability to prosecute and defend cases in state and federal court and before various administrative bodies.
  • Negotiation skills.
  • Ability to prepare briefs and write legal opinions.
  • Ability to provide advice and counsel.
  • Ability to communicate persuasively and effectively, orally and in writing.


Absolute Requirements

Admission to practice before all courts of the State of Illinois and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Graduation from an accredited law school with a Doctor of Law (Juris Doctor) degree and two years of experience in the general practice of law, including litigation experience.

Promotional Requirement

  • One year of service with the District as an Assistant Attorney.
  • Civil service status as an Assistant Attorney.

CLASS: 20002245; EST: 1/1/2013; REV: 1/1/2019;